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Letters For Black Lives

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Letters for Black Lives (2016) is a letter written by Asian American and Asian Canadian activists to their families in the wake of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile killings. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. There are even versions of it for Latino and African immigrant relatives.

The Asian American English version says in part:

“Even as we hear about the dangers Black Americans face, our instinct is sometimes to point at all the ways we are different from them. To shield ourselves from their reality instead of empathizing. When a policeman shoots a Black person, you might think it’s the victim’s fault because you see so many images of them in the media as thugs and criminals. After all, you might say, we managed to come to America with nothing and build good lives for ourselves despite discrimination, so why can’t they? …

“It’s true…

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